CLAIR News April 2019

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CLAIR News April 2019
Registration for the Safety Confirmation System (Emergency Call) and Contact Information Survey for JET Participants

CLAIR requests each JET participant to register for the Safety Confirmation System (Emergency Call) and Contact Information Survey. These are two separate systems. Please register using the links below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your supervisor.

Safety Confirmation System: or
Your login ID and password are both the final nine numbers of your JET Number, omitting the first two digits (20).

Contact Information Survey:
Login ID: JET Number (11 digits beginning with 20)
Password: Date of birth (YYYYMMDD)

Mental Health Support Resources

With the aim of enhancing mental health support for JET participants, CLAIR offers the JET Programme Mental Health Counselling Assistance Programme. This programme provides a partial subsidy (50%, up to 30,000 yen per year) for counselling costs incurred through consultation with mental health professionals in Japan not covered by health insurance. The coverage period for this year is from 1 April, 2019 to 31 March 2020. The application form must be sent to CLAIR by 10 April (Fri) 2020.

CLAIR also offers a free online service to provide JET participants with mental health assistance from professional counsellors using Web Mail and Skype. If you would like to use this service, please access the following website. After entering the password, you will be instructed to register. You can receive up to seven Skype Counselling sessions from 1 July 2019 to 31 March 2020. CLAIR recommends trying the Web Mail Counselling system first. There is no limit to the number of threads you can start in the Web Mail Counselling system.

Web Mail Counselling
Login Password: Please ask your contracting organization or refer to the e-mail version of CLAIR News.

Skype Counselling
Login Password: Please ask your contracting organization or refer to the e-mail version of CLAIR News.

Registering with Your Embassy

All JET participants are strongly advised to register with their home country’s embassy or local consulate while living in Japan, as your embassy may be able to help you and your relatives obtain necessary information and check on each other’s safety in times of emergency. Please ask your home country’s embassy or local consulate for details:

Enrolment in Property Insurance

Is your house or apartment covered by property insurance (kasai hoken)? If you do not know, please check with your contracting organisation supervisor.

There have been several cases where JET participants were forced to pay for the damages to not only their own, but also their neighbours’ housing when there were water leaks or other problems (if a water leak occurs, damage to the property of neighbours is covered by the JET Accident Insurance Policy Liability Endorsement, but damage to your own property as well as damage to the structure or building can only be covered by property insurance). Whether or not to purchase property insurance is the choice of the JET participant. However, if you are liable for reparations, the costs can be very high and therefore CLAIR recommends that JET participants enrol in property insurance.

JET Internship Programme 2019

Are you a JET participant entering into your 2nd-5th year with JLPT qualification N2 or higher? Are you interested in working in Japan after the JET Programme? This year CLAIR will once again offer a 5-day internship programme to provide JET participants with the opportunity to gain experience working in a Japanese company. The deadline for application is 24 April (Wed) 2019.

2019-2020 Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Grant

The JLPT N3, N2, and N1 Grant will be offered for the 2019-2020 year. More information regarding the 2019-2020 Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Grant has been uploaded to the JET Programme website.

Japanese Language Courses (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced)

For those currently enrolled in one of CLAIR’s Japanese language classes, please remember to plan your study schedule ahead of time. If you would like to change your course level, you can do so by accessing the contact information survey site, selecting your desired course, and then clicking the ‘OK’ button at the very bottom of the page. If you register to change your course level by 10 May (Fri) 2019, your new course will begin on 1 June (Sat) 2019.

2019-2020 Grant for TEFL/TESOL Certification

CLAIR provides grants to JET participants who wish to improve their English teaching skills by obtaining online certification for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). CLAIR will send the application package to all contracting organisations by the end of April. Please ask your supervisor for the application package, or alternatively you can download it from the JET Programme website. The deadline for submitting your application to CLAIR is 24 May (Fri) 2019.

Calling All Aspiring Writers: Submission of Articles for JET Programme Voices

CLAIR and The Yomiuri Shimbun have launched a periodical column in The Japan News, a globally-circulated English language newspaper. “JET Programme Voices” is a collection of articles submitted by current and former JET participants which give a worldwide audience insight into unique experiences and achievements of participants during their time on the Programme. Instructions regarding the submission of documents are accessible from the link below.

Post-Arrival Checklist for New JET Participants

A useful checklist for newly arrived JET participants can be found on p.81 of the General Information Handbook. Please refer to the checklist for tips about how to become accustomed to your new residence and workplace, including reviewing insurance policies and registering with your embassy.

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